Cookie Policy

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A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small text file which is stored on your computer or other browsing device. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, and also to provide information on visitor behaviour to the website owner. For further information on the use of cookies visit or

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) uses cookies to collect data about who is using our website, including what browser, equipment etc. they are using and to improve the experience of the website for our users.

Cookies are perfectly safe to be stored on your computer and almost all web browsers have cookie storing enabled as default. However, all browsers give users the option of disabling the cookies stored on your computer.

By using this site, you agree with our use of cookies as set out in this Cookie Policy.

Google Analytics: Google Analytics shows web traffic analysis. These cookies have multiple expiration dates; please refer to this article (published by Google) for more information.

Google AdWords: By using Google AdWords code, we are able to see which pages helped lead web users to contact form submissions. For example the user has completed a Student application form. This allows us to make better use of our paid search budget.

Google AdWords and Google Remarketing: ICF uses the online advertising program Google AdWords and the Google Remarketing technology, both operated by the company Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Adwords is a programme which allows us to tag our online advertising to measure its success. For measuring conversion (conversion definition: the conversion rate is the percentage of users who take a desired action) with Google AdWords, a conversion tracking cookie is placed when a user clicks on an ICF advertisement delivered by Google (“Ads”). Conversion tracking cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. Google uses a different cookie for each Google AdWords customer and there is no consolidation of the cookie data with other data. If you click on one of our Adverts and proceed to a page equipped with a conversion tag and the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion is documented. With the help of the conversion tracking cookie we see the total number of conversions and are able to review the performance of our Ads. You can find more information about Google AdWords here.

SubscriberCRM: The SubscriberCRM Portal (the web pages which have been developed for the Institute for event booking and to update the data held on them) uses cookies to facilitate the user login mechanism. The SubscriberCRM Portal is built on the Content Management System called DotNetNuke. DotNetNuke uses a number of cookies, the most important of which are the forms authentication cookie (created when a user logs in) and the portal roles cookies, which stores what roles a user has access to in the current portal (e.g. what?). The forms authentication cookie are, by default, temporary session cookies, not persistent cookies; however users can make them persistent by checking the “remember me” checkbox on the login control. This can be removed via the user interface (UI) or a setting (click this link for ‘disabling support for persistent cookies’). Find out more.

The ICF website uses social sharing buttons for services including, but not limited to, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. These allow you to share website pages via those social networks. While you will be asked to login to use these services, this process is handled directly by the social network providers and their databases and servers; ICF accepts no responsibility for any use of your personally identifiable information and/or any further use of cookies by those social network providers.

The Institute’s Members’ Area uses the following cookies on

ASP.NET_SessionIdis an encrypted cookie which  identifies a user’s session on the server. The cookie expires when the browser window is closed.
ServerIDthis cookie is used for load balancing. It identifies the server that delivered the last page to the browser. The cookies expires when the user closes browser.
icfCookie this encrypted cookie stores some site variables for optimisation. The cookie is destroyed when a user logouts.
_gaThis cookie is used to distinguish users and has a 2 year expiration time. (Read above more further information about this cookie)
_gatThis cookie is used to throttle request rate and has a one minute timeout.  (Read above more further information about this cookie)
_gid This cookie is used [via Google Analytics] to distinguish users and has a 24 hours expiration time. (Read above more further information about this cookie)

You can manage the cookies that you allow on your computer through the settings on your internet browser. You can also ask to be alerted every time a cookie is offered. There are instructions on how to manage your cookies using the most popular internet browsers below:

  • Find out which internet browser you use
  • On a PC: click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘About’
  • On an Apple Mac: click on the Apple menu and select ‘About’ (make sure the browser is open)

Internet Explorer allows you to select the level of cookie filter on the basis of the source of the cookie and whether the source has a privacy policy.

  • Choose ‘Tools’
  • Click on ‘Internet Options’
  • Click the ‘Privacy’ tab
  • Move the slider to choose your settings
  • For more detailed privacy settings click on ‘Advanced’
  • Opting out of cookies in Safari
  • Choose ‘Preferences’ from Safari menu
  • Select ‘Security’
  • Cookie settings are shown
  • Choose your settings

As a default, Google Chrome allows all cookies. You can manage the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.

  • Click on the ‘Tools’ menu
  • Select ‘Options’
  • Click the ‘Under the Bonnet’ tab
  • Find the ‘Privacy’ section
  • Click ‘Content settings’
  • Click the ‘Cookie settings’ tab and choose your settings

You can configure which sites are allowed to set cookies, how long to keep them for, and view and manage your existing cookies.

  • Click on ‘Menu’, then ‘Options’
  • Select ‘Privacy’
  • Select ‘Cookies’
  • Choose your settings

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